- Movies, Television. a gradual decrease in the visibility of a scene.
- Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual decrease in the volume of sound, especially of recorded or broadcast music, dialogue, or the like, usually ending in complete inaudibility.
- a gradual disappearance or reduction: the fade-out of a brilliant career.
Origin of fade-out
- to lose brightness or vividness of color.
- to become dim, as light, or lose brightness of illumination.
- to lose freshness, vigor, strength, or health: The tulips have faded.
- to disappear or die gradually (often followed by away or out): His anger faded away.
- Movies, Television.
- to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in).
- to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out).
- Broadcasting, Recording.
- to increase gradually in volume of sound, as in recording or broadcasting music, dialogue, etc. (usually followed by in).
- to decrease gradually in volume of sound (usually followed by out).
- Football. (of an offensive back, especially a quarterback) to move back toward one's own goal line, usually with the intent to pass, after receiving the snapback from center or a hand-off or lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage (usually followed by back): The quarterback was tackled while fading back for a pass.
- (of an automotive brake) to undergo brake fade.
- to cause to fade: Sunshine faded the drapes.
- (in dice throwing) to make a wager against (the caster).
- Movies, Television.
- to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in).
- to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out).
- Broadcasting, Recording. to cause (the volume of sound) to increase or decrease gradually (usually followed by in or out).
- an act or instance of fading.
- Movies, Television Informal. a fade-out.
- Automotive. brake fade.
Origin of fade
Examples from the Web for fade-out
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- films an optical effect in which a shot slowly disappears into darkness
- a gradual reduction in signal strength in a radio or television broadcast
- a gradual and temporary loss of a received radio or television signal due to atmospheric disturbances, magnetic storms, etc
- a slow or gradual disappearance
- to decrease or cause to decrease gradually, as vision or sound in a film or broadcast
- to lose or cause to lose brightness, colour, or clarity
- (intr) to lose freshness, vigour, or youth; wither
- (intr; usually foll by away or out) to vanish slowly; die out
- to decrease the brightness or volume of (a television or radio programme or film sequence) or (of a television programme, etc) to decrease in this way
- to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
- (intr) (of the brakes of a vehicle) to lose power
- to cause (a golf ball) to move with a controlled left-to-right trajectory or (of a golf ball) to veer gradually from left to right
- the act or an instance of fading
Word Origin and History for fade-out
early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.